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"A Faithful Attempt" is designed to showcase a variety of K-12 art lessons, the work of my art students, as well as other art-related topics. Projects shown are my take on other art teacher's lessons, lessons found in books or else designed by myself.
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Torn Paper Collage Candles


The theme for our upcoming school Winter Concert is 'light'. I try to incorporate this theme into some of my art classes. I found THIS pin on Pinterest and thought it would be perfect for my Grade 3 class.

On heavy white paper, they used tempera discs and painted a yellow and orange circular pattern that would represent the candle light's cast light.


Then, on smaller white paper they painted one sheet colours for their candle, a yellow sheet for the flame and a green sheet for the wreath/greenery a the bottom of the candle.


The next class, students tore a shape for their candle, then the flame. 
Once glued down they ripped long rectangular pieces for the greenery. 


I love the simple charm about these!










Sunday, November 27, 2016

Penguins in Watercolour


I've started my 'winter' themed lessons with my younger students, even though it (surprisingly) hasn't snowed here yet. Kids love penguins so I knew this project would be a hit with them.

I used one of the drawing lessons from Art Projects for Kids. Kathy always has amazing step-by-step drawing lessons that really help some students. I gave my Grade 2 students the option of using the drawing handout (after I demonstrated it to them) or to draw their own penguin. 
Once drawn, they outlined it in Sharpie then used watercolours to paint them. 
I love all the different personalities!



I think this is a Harry Potter penguin, haha!

Another Harry Potter penguin- with a wand!




Sunday, November 13, 2016

Large Decorative Poppies


Posting these a little late for Remembrance Day (Nov 11th here in Canada), so sorry about that! 
Maybe use this idea for next year?!
I was inspired by THIS post on the wonderful Painted Paper website.
I was asked to make decorations for our school's Remembrance Day assembly. I wanted something large and simple- effective and 'eye-popping' enough to decorate a gym. I also left this until the last minute so needed something fairly straightforward so a couple of my classes could 'mas produce' them, haha! Luckily my Grades 4-6 students seemed to really enjoy making them.
I have them for an 80 minute period- each student made between one and two large poppies during that time. There is some waiting time while the petals dry.
On 11 x 17 photocopy paper I traced two large hearts- these were the petals. I made a ton of photocopies of these as each students needed to paint 6 hearts/petals (3 sheets per student).
They used tempera pucks/discs for these. 


We ran out of room in my small drying rack fairly quickly so spread them out onto the floor to dry.


Once dry, but out 6 hearts. Glue these together into a poppy shape using white glue.


For the centers, I used the same sort of style that was shown on the Painted Paper website.
I traced circles onto black construction paper and cut up small squares of black tissue paper.


Cut out the circle and cut a fringe around the outside edges. 
Glue onto poppy.


Then scrumple up the tissue paper and glue onto the black paper.


Pretty nice but not finished yet!
Make sure students write their names on the back.


For some reason I wanted to varnish these- I felt it made them a bit sturdier and just 'nicer' looking overall. I hate the dry texture that tempera pucks leave. They're so convenient to use with large classes but the chalky finish bothers me. However varnishing them is totally optional.
I watered down some 'modge podge' type varnish and painted all the poppies 
(a teacher on her break came and helped me thank god as it took forever!)





Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of them in the gym for our assembly, but we used clear packing tape on the back to stick them to our panted cinder block walls. They stayed up for the entire 45 minute assembly and were very easy to take down.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Spooky Branches


This was a super messy project but well worth it, in my opinion! 
I found the lesson HERE on the Elle & Lou blog and it gives great directions. 
Instead of charcoal, we used chalk pastels for the background

Grade 6 students started out by tracing a circle for the moon, then blending different dark tones of chalk pastel (including black) to create a moody night sky. 
The desks (and floor! and students!) were covered in chalk pastel!!

The next class students drew on a tree branch- this was really difficult for alot of them! I was actually surprised- even after I demonstrated it for them, quite a few struggled, so next time I teach this I will have them draw a practice branch first. Then they painted the branch using black tempera paint.


For the final step, they highlighted the tops of the branches with white chalk.














Sunday, October 16, 2016

Frankenstein's Monster Portraits



Here are some pics from last October. My Grade 2's made Frankenstein's Monster Portraits out of construction paper. I was inspired by THESE collages I found on Artsonia from Benfield Elementary School.

I gave kids a choice of orange or purple background paper. Then they went to town cutting and gluing and had a blast. Of course, many of the girls asked if they could make a 'girl version' so I told them about Frankenstein's (Monster's ) Bride. 
Lots of discussion here in terms of symmetry and how to create different types of facial expressions and moods. As well, of course, great practice for cutting skills.
I love how funny they all turned out!












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